Strengths and weaknesses of various optical imaging techniques

Steven L. Jacques

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A variety of optical technologies are being developed for use in medicine and biology. These measurement techniques often have one of 3 goals: detection, localization, and characterization. The optical techniques often fall into two classes: (1) perturbation methods, or the ninja-in-the-woods-at-night problem, and (2) hidden source methods, or the ninja-in-the-woods-at-night-with-a-candle problem. The various techniques each have their strengths and weakness. This paper briefly describes some of these strengths and weaknesses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)474-488
Number of pages15
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2002
EventSaratov Fall Meeting 2001: Optical Technologies in Biophysics and Medicine III - Saratov, Russian Federation
Duration: Oct 2 2001Oct 5 2001


  • Fluorescence
  • OCT
  • Optical medical imaging
  • Opto-acoustic
  • Polarization
  • Reflectance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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